Sometimes, its a word of pain, a sharp barb to your heart.
And sometimes, it's a word of immense support and love and you realize that God has used this word to to lift a huge, heavy burden from your shoulders.
My friend Cindy called me in the middle of trying to set up the SDG Retreat registration form. It was a welcome interruption, to say the least.
After we finish our conversation, she asked if she could pray for me. And while her prayer was filled with an abundance of incredible words of encouragement and love, the one word that had me soaring was this:
She was asking God to be a co-laborer with me and at the sound of that simple word, I had this beautiful thought:
I am not working alone.
My to-do list that He has given me did not come with the expectation that I would check off each item by the strength and will of my own power. He is not standing idly by to see whether I will perform up to a certain standard. He is not one to sit on the throne and crack whip.
No, instead, He is in the trenches with me, helping me to churn up the soil, plant the seeds. He reminds me when to water and when to weed. And when the weight of keeping the garden growing takes its toll, He tells me to relax in the shade and I swear I see Him taking over completely.
And it's not just a lofty analogy. Today at my computer, staring at the unintelligible language of Form Desk, my eyes glazed over and I thought I would never be able to figure out how to make the calculations work. I almost gave up, but as a last ditch effort, I simply said, I cannot do this by myself.
And suddenly, I wasn't doing it by myself. My head cleared and I was able to accomplish something that normally sends me to tears. And I wonder how many times in life, I just assume that I'm rowing this boat all by myself and I end up wallowing in my own muck instead of just calling out to the One who makes the waves?
He co-labors with us, no matter what the job, equipping us at every turn, if only we would ask.
So many people have stepped up to be co-laborers with me in the process of raising money for the SDG Retreat. Andrea has graciously donated three items from her Etsy shop for a silent auction that will run from now until Sunday. All proceeds will go toward lowering the cost of the retreat for all attendees. It would bless me incredibly if you would share these auction details with those you know on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. And, think MOTHER'S Day!! If you would like to bid on one of the items, please tell me which item you are bidding on and your bid. I will try to keep the post updated with the current bids, but you can check the comments to be sure!
Item #1: Large Hot/Cold "Cheery" Pit Pack
A beautiful, yet practical gift for Mom this Mother's Day or any other occasion (one that is eco-friendly and versatile too!)... "Cheery Packs" (which measure approximately 17" x 4" when fully opened) are filled with dried cherry pits and can be heated or chilled to provide soothing relief for aching muscles, aching heads, or, when warmed, are an antidote to cold toes. In the summer, gain relief from the heat by placing a chilled Cheery Pack on your neck. If you win this item, you will get to choose your favorite pack from among the 25+ packs Andrea has on hand (not all are listed in her shop)
Retail price: $15
Starting bid: $10
Item #2: Set of 3 custom reversible headbands for girls, teens, and ladies
A unique pairing of fabrics + a custom fit = a reversible headband that's made for you.
Starting bid: $15
12 mos - 4T (small)
5T - 12 years (medium)
When you win this item, Andrea will work with you to find a custom pairing of fabrics for your reversible apron. Please visit the shop page on Andrea's blog to see apron samples.
Retail price range: $15-$25
Retail price range: $15-$25
Starting bid: $12/kids, $20/ladies
In addition, Andrea will donate 10% of any order placed through the shop page on her blog (http://whispersinthesilence.blogspot.com/p/my-shop-saved-by-grace-designs.html) or her etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/savedbygracedesigns) now through 5 p.m. EDT Saturday, April 28 to help lower the SDG retreat cost. She has several aprons and many Cheery Packs for sale that are unlisted in addition to any custom orders you wish to place. If your order is intended as a gift for Mother's Day, please let her know.
Auction closes Saturday evening, April 28 at midnight, PDT!